Pyeongchang 2018 round-up: Historic double gold for Czech Republic’s Ledecka

Pyeongchang 2018 round-up: Historic double gold for Czech Republic’s Ledecka
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By Alice Cuddy
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From Olympic history for Ledecka, to a shock victory in men’s curling and Finland’s first gold, find out everything you need to know about Saturday’s Games.

Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka makes history


Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic became the first person in Winter Olympics history to win gold medals in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding, when she won the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Czech defeated Germany’s Selina Joerg in the final by 0.46 seconds to become the fifth person to win gold in two different sports, having won the Alpine super-G earlier in the games.

Gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic on the podium.REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Switzerland takes Alpine skiing team gold

Switzerland beat Austria 3-1 to win the inaugural Alpine skiing team gold.

The final event in the Alpine schedule brought mixed sex competition and parallel slalom to the Games for the first time.

Bronze went to Norway, while France finished fourth.

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Gold medallist Switzerland's team celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony.REUTERS/Mike Segar

Sweden misses out on curling victory

The United States claimed its first ever gold medal in men’s curling, beating competitors Sweden 10-7 in the final on Saturday.

It marked the second Olympic curling medal in US history, following a bronze at the 2006 Turin winter games.

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Skip Niklas Edin of Sweden checks the direction of the shot.REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Finland gets its first Pyeongchang gold

Finland’s Iivo Niskanen won the 50km mass start classic cross-country ski race, claiming Finland’s first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games.

He was followed by Russian athlete Alexander Bolshunov, who ended 18.7 seconds behind.

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Gold medallist Iivo Niskanen of Finland reacts.REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

German team races to gold position in bobsledding

Francesco Friedrich piloted his four-man bobsleigh team to the top of the timesheets on Saturday, putting Germany in a commanding lead heading into the final two runs of the competition on Sunday.

The multiple world champion steered his sled to a 0.29 second lead over Won Yun-jong’s South Korean team.

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Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis of Germany compete.REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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Winter Olympics 2018: Saturday 24 February
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